Charcuterie boards have become super popular in the past couple years. Some of my favorite local restaurants have the best boards and it's so fun to order exactly what you want from a wide variety of meats, cheeses, spreads, etc. BUT what's even more fun is making your own board at home! Not only are your options completely endless, but you can incorporate a lot more fruits, veggies and fun things to dip in your different spreads!
Charcuterie boards are also THE BEST thing to serve at a party or holiday gathering. What's better than serving up a huge tray of food that will feed a crowd, but you don't actually have to have a recipe to follow? I'm excited to share some "tips" on building a board, but just know that there isn't a right or wrong way with charcuterie!
There also isn't a right or wrong chip to serve with your beautiful board, but I want to tell y'all all about Simply 7 Snacks. They quickly became my favorite chip brand a couple years ago after learning about their 7 Simple Standards. Their gluten free chips only have clean ingredients you can actually pronounce, have zero grams trans fat, no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors and are simply delicious. Did y'all catch all that? Clean chips that actually taste good and don't have a bunch of wonky things you're worried about your kids or yourself eating! That's what you call WINNING and Simply 7 snacks are my go-to chip to include when serving charcuterie for friends and family!
So let's talk about 5 easy steps to building the perfect charcuterie board!
1.) Select at least 5 different protein sources, including a variety of animal and plant protein sources (unless of course you or your guests are vegetarian/vegan). Some options include prosciutto, salami, pepperoni, ham, turkey, dried sausage, hard or soft cooked eggs, assorted cheese cubes (muenster cheese is my fav!), hummus and nuts.
2.) Select at least 5 different fruits and veggies, including ones ideal for dipping! Cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, tomatoes, assorted berries, grapes, peach and pear slices. Pickled vegetables and roasted fruit also make for an especially nice touch!
3.) Include some healthy fats. Olives, a variety of nuts (pistachios, cashews, macadamia nuts, and walnuts, just to name a few), hummus and avocado (sliced or mashed) are excellent healthy fats to make your board extra hearty!
4.) Include a variety of fun and flavorful dippers, like Simply 7 chips. With 24 different chip options, they have everything from lentil to quinoa to kale to hummus to veggie chips! There are numerous flavor options, but my three favorites are the Quinoa Sea Salt, Quinoa Barbeque and Lentil Jalapeno. I love having a balance of mildly flavored dippers and some bold options. I'm not usually a huge fan of jalapeno, but they nailed the flavor!
5.) Serve more than you need and serve with wine. Okay, maybe you don't have to have wine, but I would highly recommend it ;). Definitely serve extra though because it's hard to predict how much people will eat AND the leftovers are seriously perfect for bento box lunches for both kiddos and adults!
If serving charcuterie for a large gathering, you may want to consider having multiple boards based on food preferences or allergies. For the most part, your guests will probably just pick and choose what they want, but if you know someone has a nut, dairy or egg allergy, I would suggest having a separate board or bowl for those ingredients. And if you're looking for better-for-you dippers that are allergy-friendly, you can rest assured that all of Simply 7 Snacks are free of the top 8 allergens! None of their chips have GMO ingredients, they have many vegan-friendly options AND their snacks have up to 18% less calories, 30-50% less fat and more vitamins than standard potato chips. Like I said earlier, WINNING.
I hope y'all are more excited than ever to build your next charcuterie board! Happy eating, happy entertaining and happy Fall! Follow me on Instagram for more charcuterie inspiration! <3 Shannon
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I'm excited to partner with Monterey Mushrooms, the largest fresh mushroom grower in North America, for this post. As always, all opinions are my own, and I only partner with brands and products I genuinely love using in my own kitchen.
You know what I love about football season? It means that cooler weather is right around the corner! It also means tailgating, game day parties and that we're getting close to the holidays. So basically, there will be many opportunities in the next few months to feed a crowd and come up with a fun party menu! These Mushroom Cheeseburger Bites are hands down my favorite appetizer. They also happen to be one of the easiest, fastest and require the fewest ingredients of all the appetizers I've ever created. Even if my favorite team doesn't win, I'm winning with this recipe!
Mr. KISS in the Kitchen has been eating Mushroom Cheeseburger bites as an appetizer, a snack and even for dinner one night. He also said "I wouldn't change a single thing about this recipe"- which is the ultimate complement considering he often says "it tastes great, but it needs more ______". And considering there are ONLY FOUR ingredients in these scrumptious bites, this one is a winner for sure.
By now, many of you have seen and tried some of my other recipes with minimal ingredients, like these 5 Ingredient Blended Meatballs and Taco Stuffed Beef & Mushroom Peppers. They all have one thing in common (other than being delicious)- they use Monterey Mushroom's Let's Blend! Let's Blend is finely diced and pre-seasoned mushrooms that come in Classic, Italian and Mexican flavors. They're basically the #1 way I add flavor and nutrition to my recipes while also making a meal stretch further from the addition of the mushrooms. I use the Italian for spaghetti, the Mexican is perfect for taco night, and the Classic is ideal for hamburgers or these Mushroom Cheeseburger Bites! They take a stuffed mushroom to a whole new level and are a hearty, yet simple, appetizer.
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For those in the College Station area, Monterey Mushrooms will be at the new H-E-B from 3-7pm on September 12th-14th! Swing on by the new store (2818 FM 2154 College Station, TX) to try some Mushroom Cheeseburger bites and also snag a coupon for $3 off Let's Blend (which means it's almost free!).
These Cheeseburger Mushroom Bites are super flavorful, moist and are totally reminiscent of a good ol' cheeseburger! You could mix ketchup or mustard into the ground beef and Let's Blend mixture, but I like doing a drizzle on top instead since everyone tends to like different condiments on their burgers. This is also a great recipe to experiment with! You could easily make these BBQ Cheeseburger bites with the addition of some BBQ sauce or some guac and salsa for Tex Mex Burger Bites. My friend, Amber, with Homemade Nutrition just made Caprese-Stuffed Mushroom Cheeseburger Bites and I can't wait to try her recipe! And while you're there, take a peak around! She has plenty of easy, delicious and good-for-you recipes your family will definitely love.
Whether you're the one planning a game day party or organizing a tailgate menu, I guarantee you these delicious bites will be gone in a flash!
KISS Mushroom Cheeseburger Bites
Makes: ~3 dozen mushroom bites
Time: 35 minutes (~25 minute cook time)
24oz Monterey Mushroom baby bella mushrooms (about 30-35 mushrooms)*
1 package Let’s Blend Classic
1 pound lean (97/3) ground beef
4 slices cheddar or American cheese, cut in small squares
1.) Preheat oven to 400° and grease a baking sheet**.
2.) Rinse and dry Baby Bella mushrooms then remove stems. The stems should be completely pulled out, leaving room to stuff the mushroom.
3.) In a large mixing bowl, mix together the ground beef and Let’s Blend finely diced mushrooms, until well incorporated.
4.) Using a 1 Tbsp measuring spoon, scoop ground beef and mushroom mixture and stuff into Baby Bella mushroom caps. Place mushrooms on prepared baking sheet.
5.) Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and place a cheese square on top. Bake for additional 2-3 minutes or until cheese has melted.
6.) Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy warm with ketchup, mustard or any of your other favorite condiments!
*I purchased 1 16oz package and 1 8oz package of Monterey Mushrooms Baby Bella mushrooms
** I like to use foil AND grease the foil for super easy cleanup!
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I teased these Banana Cream Pie Shakes on Instagram last week and got a lot of excitement over the recipe! I also shared a quick story about my dad and I used to get these from Sonic when I was growing up and my mom wasn't necessarily privy to that info. Well of course I spilled the beans on social and she lets me know that daddies and daughters do have secrets.. including Mr. KISS in the Kitchen! Apparently when Joy is supposed to be sleeping, sometimes her and Mr. KISS watch Star Wars. They've already finished episode 1 and 2. *eye roll*. These generational secrets are pretty hilarious ;). Now back to this shake!
I am a huge banana lover and this shake seriously tastes like the ones at Sonic, but it's WAY better for you. It's still totally creamy, dreamy and decadent and I'm officially making them on the regular.
A slight disclaimer about this recipe- I'm pretty specific on the instructions and ingredients, which isn't usually the case. If you're a frequent visitor to the KISS blog, you know I'm big on substitutions and encourage making recipes your own! I used a lot of my favorite ingredients that I always have on hand and if you don't have them- I really think it's worth trying them (I'm not affiliated with these brands, just a big fan!). I used both fresh and frozen bananas, Ripple Unsweetened Vanilla Plant Milk, Vital Proteins Collagen and Maranatha Raw almond butter. I do think you could probably swap out a different almond butter and get the same result, but the other ingredients should probably stay if you want the same creamy, dreamy masterpiece I concocted ;).
Cheers to childhood memories, generational secrets (the all in good fun, special kind of ones) and lots of bananas!
KISS Banana Cream Pie Shake (dairy-free)
Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2 shakes
2 ripe medium bananas, 1 fresh and 1 frozen*
1 1/4 cup Vanilla Unsweetened Ripple
2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen
1 Tbsp Maranatha Raw Almond Butter
1/2 cup ice
1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix or high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
2. Enjoy and make often :).
*I always freeze my bananas when they start to get too ripe so I'll have a stockpile for smoothies.
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Welcome to KISS in the Kitchen! I'm Shannon, and my dad always told me "Keep it simple, Shannon". And that's what you'll find here- simple recipes and simple ideas to help you get healthier and happier.